October 10, 2015
Raffles Hotel Singapore is famous. Since its opening in 1887, this 5-star hotel has been welcoming fancy guests from all over the world in its ridiculously-nice suites. Trust me when I say that I did not stay in the Raffles Hotel during my time in Singapore because that would have cost more than perhaps my entire trip to the country. Nevertheless, it’s worth a walk through, which is, of course, free. I especially loved reading the history signs that the hotel has scattered around its grounds in order to learn more about the country and hotel’s history. I mean, did you know that the famous Singapore Sling (cocktail) was created right in the Raffles Hotel? And that this year is its 100th anniversary? And that it was created so that women would be allowed to enjoy alcohol in public?
The most striking thing about this whole place, though, is the fact that is colonial style so sharply contrasts its surroundings, which makes it a reminder of the past and why Singapore is the way it is now. Take a walk through with me!
A Singaporean hotel photo adventure:
October 9, 2015
October 8, 2015
Without a SmartBoard, I’ve felt compelled to make more anchor charts as of late, which I don’t like. Anyway, during read aloud, my class has been going hard at learning about character and setting so I made some character and setting anchor charts. Despite the lack of drawing skills and nice supplies, I still think they turned out pretty well. At least they get across the idea that the character is the “who” and that the setting is the “where” and the “when”. In my class, the simpler something is, the better!
October 7, 2015
What’s wrong with this picture? … No helmets. We were in Connecticut which does not have motorcycle helmet law.
Strictly, that’s not true. Connecticut does require operators under 18 and those with only a motorcycle permit to wear helmets. Supposedly, the state had a helmet law, until it was repealed in 1976. In 1989, it passed what is commonly known as a “partial” helmet law, with age restrictions, as described above.
Its law does require protective eyewear, such as goggles or glasses. So, the State of CT does want to protect your eyes, while your brain splatters all over the pavement.
A lot of us may be under the impression that motorcycle helmet law is predominate. Actually, only 19 states plus the District of Columbia require helmet from all motorcycle riders. 3 states have no helmet law. The rest of the states (28) impose some age restrictions, typically 18 – 20 years old. Beyond the restricted ages, motorcycle riders are not require to wear helmets.
October 6, 2015
Not only is Singapore’s Little India are filled with Hindu Temples, there are also quite a few Buddhist Temples. Like I said, the culture here is amazing due to how so many different cultures and religions are able to coexist peacefully. These Buddhist Temples were similar to ones I’ve seen before in various countries. The best one though boasted both a 30-foot tall sitting Buddha as well as a sleeping Buddha, which you are forbidden to take photos of. In fact, I wasn’t too sure I was allowed to take any pictures at all once I walked in, but since some places did have no photo signs and these places didn’t, I figured I would take some as discreetly as possible and of course not pointing my phone toward any worshipers. It worked out and now you get to see these elaborately decorated temples, too!
Read more about our Singapore adventure here: little india’s hindu temples
A Singaporean Indian Buddhist Temples photo adventure: